Guest Researchers

The IRS is an interdisciplinary institute and welcomes guest researchers from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds. Since its foundation, the IRS has hosted geographers, political scientists, economists, sociologists, historians and scholars from planning science. Cooperation amongst guest researchers and IRS scholars (on lectures, publications and third-party funding applicatiotypo3/ns for example) enhances the institute's research efforts and contributes to the institute's ongoing development.

At the IRS, guest researchers benefit from an excellent research infrastructure, and from the institute's close ties to universities and non-university research institutes in the Berlin-Brandenburg region. During their stay, guest researchers are invited to participate in and contribute to workshops and conferences held at the IRS. The institute can provide three fully equipped workspaces for guests.

Current Guest Researcher

Charles University

Jaroslav Ira is assistant professor of history at Charles University in Prague, where he specializes in modern comparative history of Europe with focus on urban history. He completed his PhD at Charles University (2013) with the thesis on local and national identity in historical biographies of Bohemian, Moravian, and Galician Towns in the late 19th century. His current project focuses on small towns in modern socio-cultural and spatial imaginaries and explores how the small-towns’ roles and potentials were conceptualized in the early to mid-20th century Central Europe and how small towns strived for their cultural creativity, centrality and urbanity in modern society. His other projects deal with social functions of local and urban history and uses of small towns’ cultural heritage. His recent publications include a co-edited volume Materializing Identities in Socialist and Post-Socialist Cities (Prague, 2017) and an article “Rethinking the Genre: Urban Biographies as Means of Creating Critical Public Spheres” in Urban History (2019). He has long been a member of EAUH and he is currently involved in several projects funded by Horizon2020 (REACH), Structural Funds (KREAS) and Erasmus+ (TEH21, TEMA+). He will stay at IRS thanks to research fellowship granted by DAAD.


Since 2013 the IRS has supported international guest researchers with an institutional scholarship programme in order to finance their stay at the institute. Even in the age of digitalization, excellent research requires personal contact and joint working periods; the "IRS Fellowship Programme" shall enable this intensive academic collaboration. more infos

Selection of Current and Former Guest Researchers


International Affairs and Research Funding

Financing your stay

IRS Fellowship Programme

DAAD scholarships

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions  (European Commission): Individual Fellowships

European Research Council (ERC)

In almost all countries national funding schemes exist that allow researchers to conduct research abroad. Please check with your national funding organization(s) if there are programs providing funding for researchers to come to Germany.

Travel and accommodation

The IRS can easily be reached by all means of local transport; from Berlin you can travel to the institute in less than 30 minutes (see directions). Unfortunately, we cannot provide accommodation for guests, but there are suited apartments available for rent – either in Erkner or in Berlin (Erkner/Berlin).